Fostering Ideas and Innovation for the Aquaculture Industry

In preparation for the 2024 Aquaculture Innovation Contest in Ba Ria - Vung Tau, the Department of Science and Technology of Ba Ria - Vung Tau province partnered with KisStartup to organize a training program aimed at fostering idea development, building innovative projects, and technologies serving the aquaculture industry. This initiative was held offline at PetroVietnam University in Ba Ria - Vung Tau and online via the Zoom platform. During the training session, the Department of Science and Technology of Ba Ria - Vung Tau province emphasized the importance of promoting entrepreneurial innovation in the aquaculture industry in the overall development of the marine economy of Ba Ria - Vung Tau province.

The first training session witnessed many participants, including students, educators, investors, cooperatives, and other participants from PetroVietnam University and other universities nationwide. Together, they gained insights into the blue economy and its promising prospects for development. Teaching methodology that combined theory with hands-on practice led by Ms. Nguyen Dang Tuan Minh, co-founder of KisStartup. Participants were equipped with fundamental knowledge and tools to brainstorm and cultivate creative ideas and solutions for the aquaculture industry. This involved identifying challenges and needs within the industry, many of which stemmed from real-life issues within the participants' families and communities. The program also highlighted prominent issues in aquaculture such as water pollution and waste management. Additionally, the program guided participants in exploring best practices for utilizing resources within the blue economy, while ensuring sustainable marine conservation. A few initial ideas that had been developed, including biotechnology, maritime transportation, renewable energy from the sea, and coastal tourism.

During the second day, participants delved into constructing the initial business models for their ideas. Additionally, they had the opportunity to engage with entrepreneur Tran Thai Son, the founder of SDVICO, who shared insights from his entrepreneurial journey within the aquaculture sector. With a product ecosystem tailored for fishermen, SDVICO expanded from supplying a single product, an initial seawater filtration, to over 7 significant products, extending beyond Vung Tau and the fishing industry. As a result, Son's story inspired students to actively shape their futures and contribute to their homeland and community development.

In conclusion, over 50 students completed the initial steps in developing ideas and innovative projects in technology serving the aquaculture industry. The process encompassed identifying pertinent challenges facing the aquaculture industry, understanding the demand for innovative solutions, generating ideas from existing products and services, and developing startup project ideas. These projects and ideas will continue to develop over the next month under the coaching and mentoring from KisStartup.

The training course aims to provide knowledge, tools, and support for the development of ideas, innovative projects, and technologies serving the aquaculture industry.

Next, in the training course, participants will explore market research methods for aquaculture ideas, products, and services, as well as collaboration models between aquaculture startup businesses and partners in the industry, taking place on May 14th and May 15th.
➤ Class Schedule: Morning 08:30 - 11:30, Afternoon 13:30 - 16:30
➤ Format: Hybrid (in-person combined with online)
➤ Venue: PetroVietnam University - 762 Cach Mang Thang Tam, Long Toan Ward, Ba Ria City, Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province.
➤ Target audience:
Students interested in entrepreneurship in the technology sector;
Projects, technology solutions with potential applications, addressing issues in the aquaculture industry.
➤ Registration link: 
For any inquiries, please contact:

KisImpact & KisStartup

Phase 2 of the Green Transformation Program for Restaurants









We would like to congratulate the Restaurants and Hotels that have completed the green transformation training of the Open Innovation Challenge Program for Green Transformation in Hotels and Restaurants and have been selected to enter the 2-month 1on1 coaching phase. Based on the actual situation and goals of each restaurant, we have designed a training program on green transformation communication and green transformation practices with the participation of leading domestic and international training experts. Common identified issues include waste classification, food waste treatment, energy and water saving, replacement of disposable plastics, use of environmentally friendly cleaning agents, and replacement with new materials and recycled materials have been linked to appropriate innovative solutions and technologies.

We started by working with restaurants to build data related to green transformation content. Changes in the habit of measuring and controlling metrics have helped restaurants find the cause of energy waste in restaurants and come up with solutions to save energy. In addition, participating restaurants also have the opportunity to access and connect with typical green solutions such as wastewater treatment and reuse technology or the application of green cleaning solutions, smart water meters, etc.

With 03 restaurants participating in the training program and 08 solutions introduced and connected, we believe that today's small efforts will lay the foundation for more sustainable values soon.


Lunar New Year Holiday Announcement

In observance of the auspicious Lunar New Year celebrations, we are pleased to announce that our company will be closed from February 1, 2024, to February 14, 2024. Regular business operations will resume on February 15, 2024.

The new year is a time for reflection and renewal. Let us take this opportunity to set new goals and make new resolutions. 

Wishing our customers and partners a prosperous and thriving new year!

From KisStartup team.

KisImpact & KisStartup

Kisstartup in 2023 - A Year of Milestones

As always, the beginning of a new year is a time for our team to reflect on the results of the previous year and to prepare for the plans ahead. Here are some key metrics that we would like to share:

  • 32: Number of events, including both in-person and online
  • 44: Training sessions
  • 126: Consulting and coaching sessions
  • 3: New international markets: Japan, Canada
  • 42: Programs designed and operated by KisStartup and KisImpact
  • 9: Mentor-mentee pairs established in the SME 1on1 mentoring program
  • 125: Networking community of businesses, startups, and investors, both domestic and international

For us, numbers are not just a reflection of success and failure. They are also a source of lessons and new ideas. We use them to improve our weaknesses and to be bolder in our changes.

To our partners, colleagues, and customers, we hope that these numbers provide a glimpse into our work and accomplishments. They are not the whole story, but they are a starting point for building trust and collaboration in the years to come.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the network of partners and collaborators in the KisStartup ecosystem for their tremendous efforts and support. We could not quantify their contributions, since they are invaluable.

From the KisStartup team.

Summary of Press Conference Connecting Vietnam Canada Impact Market Bridging Prosperity Journey

Press Conference Event Connecting Vietnam-Canada Impact Market: Bridging Prosperity Journey has ended a 3-month journey of KisStartup and Spring Activator piloting connecting the impact markets of the two countries Vietnam and Canada. The event attracted more than 10 reputable newspapers and radio stations to report and write articles. The stories told in the program are the clearest messages about the potential between the two markets. While Canadian consumers are looking for new impact stories and new messages about environmental protection and sustainable community development, Vietnamese businesses are looking for new technologies to gradually advance greener, cleaner, more sustainable production. Not only do the two countries' businesses require each other, but investors from both countries share an interest in impact investing. Many traditional Vietnamese investors also expressed a clear interest in impact-creating enterprises through the forum, offering significant prospects for Vietnamese impact-creating businesses to attract investment funds in the form of future co-investment from two countries.

At the press conference, Mr. Brian Allemekinders, Development Counselor, Canadian Embassy said, "For sustainable development, we realize we cannot do it alone and need to cooperate with each other. Vietnamese SIBs have unlimited initiatives and business ideas to not only promote gender equality and empower the disadvantaged but also bring about positive changes in environmental protection and climate change. Canada is delighted to help and welcome enterprises with a Vietnamese presence in the Canadian market."

KisStartup and Spring Activator have also continued to promote gender lens investing after first introducing this concept to Vietnam in 2021.

Between September 2023 and December 2023, the series of events with 10 open activities and more than 30 separate training activities for directly supported projects attracted the active participation of more than 300 businesses and investors from both countries.

KisStartup representative Ms. Nguyen Dang Tuan Minh and partner Mr. Keith Ippel (Spring Activator) also highlighted program results during the occasion. At the same time, KisStartup announced six plans for 2024 based on the result of this pilot program.
Detailed results can be seen in the attached documents >>Link


The launching ceremony of the series of events Vietnam Canada Impact Exchange Forum

The launching ceremony of the series of events "Vietnam - Canada Impact Exchange Forum" has taken place successfully and attracted more than 40 businesses, departments and agencies of the cities and provinces, especially Tra Vinh, participated via Zoom and hundreds of people watched through online channels on the afternoon of September 20, 2023.

At the event, KisStartup and Spring Activator introduced opportunities between the two markets of Vietnam and Canada, and also explained the choice of topics connecting impact investment, import and export for impact businesses, gender lens investment as the 03 main focuses of this series of activities. The series of activities is expected to support 15 deeply participating businesses and hundreds of other businesses participating in 09 public events within the framework of the Forum.

Immediately after the end of the launching event, there were more than 80 registrations to participate in the Forum's activities.

This is an important step forward in promoting cooperation and exchange of experiences between the Vietnamese and Canadian impact business ecosystems. The event series was initiated and operated by KisStartup Joint Stock Company (Vietnam) and Spring Activator (Canada), with sponsorship and special support from the Canadian Embassy, ​​Tra Vinh SME and ISEE COVID project (UNDP).

The events series include 03 main activities as follows: 

  • Vietnam - Canada SMEs Export & Import Opportunity Exchange & Showcases (creating space for businesses between Vietnam and Canada to exchange information and seek import-export opportunities);
  • Vietnam - Canada Cross Border Impact Catalyst Forum (promoting connections, creating exchange opportunities between the business community and impact investors in Vietnam and Canada);
  • Vietnam-Canada Gender Lens Investing Forum (promoting the integration of a gender lens in investment and business to support investment and business be more financially effective and create positive impacts for society).

The series of activities will take place over 03 months (September, October and November 2023) with the participation of businesses of the two countries and the results of cooperation and exchange will be gathered at the final event of the Vietnam Canada Impact Exchange Forum in November 2023.

To update information and register to participate in the Event Series, Businesses/Investors/Partners interested in the activities, please visit our website:


Mọi thắc mắc vui lòng liên hệ:




Điện thoại: 0396.292.442 (Ms. Xuân - Quản lý Dự án)


Kick-off day: KisStartup and Mitsui Chemicals


On April 18th 2023, KisStartup and Mitsui Chemicals R&D officially launched the "Mitsui Chemicals R&D Collaboration Reward" project. The project aims to find research results from universities, research institutes from private companies, and enterprises in Vietnam to cooperate with Mitsui and promote commercialization.

In addition, KisStartup also shared some difficulties, opportunities, and the current situation in the Vietnamese ecosystem. We discussed the project's goals, directions, and plans together, and planned for the next steps.

Below are the fields that Mitsui Chemicals R&D is interested in:

Area 1: Medical devices

- In vitro diagnostic devices

- The integration of medical devices with Robot/Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions enables the provision of advanced medical care, including the analysis of medical images and improved diagnoses.

-The use of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies provides support for surgical training

Area 2: Agrochemical

-Biocontrol agricultural agents derived from fungi and bacteria are an effective means of controlling pests and insect disease vectors in agriculture.

-Herb tech

Area 3: Nutrition

-Functional food, protein substitutes, and probiotics for humans and animals

-Cultured meat technology, including the use of micro-carriers in cell culture

Area 4: Basic & Green Materials (Carbon Neutral)

-Green materials/ technologies such as biomass, biogas, cellulose, algae that can be a renewable fuel source.

-Sustainable solutions such as membrane technology for CO2, H2 production or water purification

Here is some information about us:

-Mitsui Chemicals was established in 1997 with 161 affiliated companies and nearly 19,000 employees. With Paid-in Capital up to 125 billion JPY, Mitsui Chemicals is fulfilling its mission of contributing widely to society by providing high-quality products and services to customers through material innovation and creativity, while maintaining harmony with the global environment.

-KisStartup was founded in 2015 with a mission to accompany the startup community in enhancing their innovative and creative capabilities, supporting innovative and effective business transformation, and bringing practical benefits to the community. We have been working in the Vietnamese startup ecosystem for 8 years with a tight network of universities and research institutes, as well as providing training to over 500 lecturers from universities across the country on entrepreneurship and innovation. 

We hope that this project will open up opportunities and prospects for promoting commercialization in Vietnam.



Signing of cooperation between KisStartup and the Center for enabling startups and Knowledge Transfer (CSK) - Vietnam National University to promote innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in the university

On April 7th, 2023, at Vietnam National University, Mr. Truong Ngoc Kiem - Director of  CSK and Ms. Nguyen Dang Tuan Minh - Founder and CEO of KisStartup signed a memorandum of cooperation to develop the startup ecosystem within the university.

KisStartup and CSK will leverage their respective strengths to promote research and entrepreneurship activities aimed at innovation within the faculty and student community, with the following objectives:

  1. Develop potential startup projects and teams focused on innovation.
  2. Enhance long-term support for faculty members and commercialize scientific research projects.
  3. Foster collaboration between the university and businesses by providing opportunities for students and faculty members to interact with real-life business models.

Over the first six months of 2023, KisStartup and CSK will plan and implement several noteworthy programs and activities, including:

  • Training and testing the Incubation program for ideas and research projects in the system of schools under the Vietnam National University.
  • Solving business problems through innovative research projects at the Vietnam National University.
  • Testing entrepreneurship training programs for students and faculty members on innovation and startup.

During the final six months of 2023, both parties will collaborate to discuss and draw lessons from their experiences, as well as summarize and replicate effective models to achieve their ultimate goal - promoting commercialization of research results from the university through incubation programs and enhancing the capacity of faculty members and students in innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Vietnam National University., with its various schools in multiple disciplines, is part of an ecosystem with strong connections to thousands of businesses. The Center for enabling startups and Knowledge Transfer within the university is dynamic in its activities to support entrepreneurship for students and faculty members. These two factors offer great promise for the partnership between KisStartup and CSK to foster innovation and entrepreneurship within the university.

Center for enabling startups and Knowledge Transfer was established on January 24, 2017 with the mission of supporting and organizing the transfer of knowledge, technology, scientific products and technologies from the National University of Hanoi (NUH) and research institutes, social training institutions; Receiving and transferring knowledge from external sources to NUH and society. The center also supports entrepreneurship activities, innovative and creative activities, scientific and technological incubation, and startup incubation throughout NUH and society.

KisStartup was founded in 2015 in Vietnam by Ms. Nguyen Dang Tuan Minh with the mission of accompanying the startup community in enhancing innovative capacity, supporting effective innovation for businesses, and bringing practical benefits to the community.

Opening application for the program: iRND Vietnam 2023 ( Batch 2)

iRND Vietnam 2023 ( Batch 2)  implemented by KisStartup, is calling for applications from scientific research projects in universities, research institutes in Vietnam

The program is designed to:


  • Support the establishment of new businesses
  • Complement and perfect technology
  • Cooperate with potential partners for project development
  • Transfer technology
  • Take orders
  • Exploit licensed intellectual property


  • Accompany research results from universities over a long-term period (4-10 years)
  • Improve the capacity of the operation team
  • Invest early in projects with soft support and/or cash
  • Connect investment and find resources to support projects
  • Develop teams for the project


  • Student/ lecturer /researcher who are in the ideation, research and completion stage of technology, prototype products (MVP) or have finished products for commercialization
  • The project team who wants to turn the idea into a product accepted by the market.
  • The project team who object clearly defines the goal of establishing the company and the direction that leads to a clear and realistic action plan in equitization and receiving investment capital


  • Business establishment & development, business expansion
  • Technology transfer to corporations and businesses
  • Receive investment capital, soft support from funds, individual investors...
  • Effective exploitation of protected intellectual property

Register now: HERE

Deadline: 17.04.2023

Contact: Ms. Xuan (+84.396292442)



Opening application for the program: Heritage & Culture based business model Incubation

KisStartup in collaboration with KisImpact is implementing an incubation program for cultural and heritage-based startup projects.



  • Cultural and heritage-based startup projects
  • Enterprises who want to develop new products and services on the basis of culture and heritage
  • Organizations/communities who wish to build new programs and business models on the basis of culture and heritage


Our main activities:

  • Training: Being trained on how to use tools to identify and build a business model based on culture and heritage
  • Coaching: being offered step-by-step instructions to apply the knowledge trained on the project directly 
  • Early stage investment: being provided direct investment in projects with soft and financial support.
  • Accompanying and developing projects through startup mentors, professional advisors: last for 4-10 years
  • Networking: being provided important network connections to help the project develop, including partners, customers, and programs implemented at KisStartup & KisImpact

Please fill out the registration form by following the link: HERE


Application opening: 01.03.2023 

Application deadline: 23.03.2023

Contact: Ms. Xuan  (+84.396292442)